the sound of Spokane

January 31, 2019

Since March, 2018, Spokane Public Radio, an NPR member station, has invited a distinguished local poet to select and read one poem each weekday for one week. The poem can be their own or by “poets they admire or find particularly poignant or relevant for the time of airing.” The poems are broadcast Monday through Friday at 9:00am (Pacific) or you can visit the Poetry Moment archives and listen in. Thanks, Spokane!

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July 5, 2016

The Archive Project

If you enjoy listening to the conversation of intelligent people, check out The Archive Project. A collection of talks from the Portland Arts & Lectures series, The Archive Project offers more than 250 original lectures for free listening and downloading as well as weekly broadcasts from the archive on Portland’s OPB Radio. A tremendous aural resource, including many poets.

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November 2, 2015

New Lyrical Ballads on BBC Radio 4

Companion to the juicy colors of autumn, the lush sounds of romantic poetry are available for your listening pleasure…but only through the month of November. BBC Radio 4 is broadcasting two programs — November 1 and November 7, 2015 — in which 26 of the “finest poets in the land” read new lyrical ballads inspired by the original Lyrical Ballads of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. The book, published in Bristol in 1798, is “renowned for its radical preface and considered to have marked the beginning of the English Romantic movement in literature.”

Commissioned by the Bristol Festival of Ideas and introduced by the Festival’s director, Andrew Kelly, the poet/readers include Fleur Adcock, Patience Agbabi, John Burnside, Gillian Clarke, Paul Farley, David Harsent, Kathleen Jamie, Liz Lochhead, Ian McMillan, Andrew Motion, Sean O’Brien, Alice Oswald, Ruth Padel, Don Paterson, Jean Sprackland and Michael Symmons Roberts.

Find and enjoy Episode 1 on BBC Radio 4.

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August 3, 2015

Badilisha Poetry ExchangeAs vast as the continent is, there has never before been a single online collection of Africa’s poetic voices. The Badilisha Poetry X-Change is correcting that omission, gathering the words and voices of, to date, more than 350 African poets from 24 countries. A radio-style audio archive, BPX provides an introduction and bio for each poet along with text and audio files of one or more of the poet’s work. Two new poets are featured each week.

Providing wider exposure for African poets benefits the poets themselves as well as local, regional and international audiences. The user-friendly, searchable Badilisha Poetry X-Change website explains, “of all the published books in the world, the works of African authors comprise only two percent.” With a growing collection (BPX accepts submissions), the website and podcasts, a Facebook page and an upcoming roadtrip, Badilisha Poetry X-Change hopes to bring wider attention to seldom-heard voices that contribute to the rich tapestry of poetry worldwide.

airing poetry…

January 30, 2012

NPR logoNational Public Radio has announced a flavorful addition to All Things Considered: poetry! Once a month, the program will invite “a poet to spend time in the newsroom — and at the end, to compose a poem reflecting on the day’s news.”

The first featured poet is Tracy K. Smith. You can read and listen to Tracy Smith’s poem, New Road Station, and see the news article that inspired her on the NPR website.

KMREAn interview with Maria McLeod, writer, poet, documentary filmmaker and one of the judges for the 2011 Sue Boynton Poetry Contest, will air this Sunday, August 14, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. (Pacific) on Bellingham’s independent radio station, KMRE 102.3FM. Maria talks about her work, including her prison interviews for Pam Kuntz’s ‘Prison Pieces’ and a reading of her powerful poem, After Birth.

Women’s Voices NW is hosted by Kate Nichols. In addition to the broadcast on KMRE, the program will be streamed and available on podcast in two segments.

Learn more about Maria McLeod at the How Loud Media website.

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